Creative Clusters (London, UK, 9 Nov, 2007)

The Cultural Impact of the Games: The cultural and creative impact of the 2012 Games
8:30am to 7:00pm, DCMS, Cockspur Street
Chaired by Simon Evans, Creative Clusters

A pre-conference seminar held at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport office in London followed by lunch and a coach tour of creative businesses in East London hosted by the 2020 Legacy team at East London Business Association and SPACE Studios. From the outset, culture and education have been seen as a central component of the UK’s Olympic project. This all-day event looks at how this vision is being realised and will include presentations by and discussions with senior DCMS officials and advisors about the current plans for the Cultural Olympiad, and the long-term creative and cultural impact of the Games.

After lunch, at DCMS, the afternoon is spent meeting creative businesses in the East London that are preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.

The day will finish with a presentation and drinks at SPACE Studios.


  The Creative Legacy of the Olympics: The symbolic dimension of the Games as a basis for cultural sustainability
Beatriz Garcia, Director, Impacts 08 – The Liverpool Model, University of Liverpool, UK

  Cultural Impact of the 2012 Games: Culture, the cultural olympiad and the games
Keith Khan, Head of Culture, London 2012, UK

  The 5 Boroughs and the Olympics: Citizenship, the arts and a legacy for the five.
Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic Games, London Borough of Hackney, UK

  Creative and Cultural Impact: Of the Sydney 2000 Olympic arts festivals
Craig Hassall, Managing Director, English National Ballet, UK

  Preparing for the Olympics: The Hidden Art experience so far
Dieneke Ferguson, Chief Executive, Mazorca Projects, UK

  The Shoreditch Trust: Even the poor like to have a good time but how…
Michael Pyner, Chief Executive, Shoreditch Trust, UK

  The Whitechapel Gallery: East London’s cultural quarter, and the role of culture in regeneration
Stephen Escritt, Head of Strategic Development, WhiteChapel Art Gallery, UK

  SPACE: A model of culture-led regeneration
Anna Harding, Chief Executive, SPACE, UK